Wednesday 1 July 2015

UK Blog Tour ~ Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by Kristy Bromberg

Meet Hawke & Quinlan in SWEET ACHE - the newest Rock Star stand-alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!
Book Description:

The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so
much more....

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screwup could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage....

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 Our Review:
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review*** 

“I’ve been fighting my whole life, maybe I don’t have any fight left.”

This is a standalone spin-off from the Driven series but some of our favourites do make an appearance. Even though Colton does not appear very often our man certainly makes up for it when he does. This story centres on Quinlan, Colton’s sister and Hawkin Play, the lead singer of the band Bent. So, just to whet your appetites, we have hot racing drivers and hot rockers all rolled into one book so there is definitely something for everyone.

We have already met Quinlan throughout the Driven series and she was always a character that we didn’t really know that much about. Quinlan was busy at college finishing her degree and she was determined that she was going to do well. While her work load was heavy she still found time to be a TA and relished the extra challenges that she was taking on. She was that kind of person, good on the inside and out, extremely helpful and loyal, but she had sass and she was one feisty girl.

“Lips like an angel, body made for sin, and feisty enough to rival the devils fire?”

Hawkin Play was our very own rocker with his own 747 full of baggage. He had the world on his shoulders and was struggling for breath at times. Being the oldest he felt he had responsibilities, especially after making promises that he was far too young to understand or keep, but he was a man of his word. Living up to the reputation of a rocker he liked his women and had never let one get close and he didn’t do repeat performances. But underneath that façade was a beautiful man that had a heart of gold, it just needed to be let out.

“One person can take on only so much responsibility without buckling from its weight.”

I absolutely loved the slow build between these two, the witty banter back and forth had me in hysterics many times and Quinlan certainly gave as good as she got. Hawkin had finally met someone who didn’t care who he was or what he was. Quinlan didn’t treat him any differently and wasn’t there for the super star status, she had grown up with it and she was definitely far from star struck.

“You think you have me pegged, don’t you? I assure you, square or round, I don’t fit in any predetermined hole.”

Without a doubt the intense sizzle and chemistry that these two shared radiated off the pages. You knew that this hate/love relationship was going to be intense once they both realised what was happening. Kristy captured this pull and pull brilliantly and you were on the edge of your seat wildly anticipating that first kiss, that first touch, that first everything. We all know that Kristy can write a mean sex scene and this book is no different, Kristy Bromberg had me blushing!! These two certainly made music together…in more ways than one and let me just add I will never look at a guitar pick the same again.

Quinlan and Hawkin were perfect together, Quinlan understood Hawkin on such a deep level. She knew what he needed and when. So much had happened to Hawkin in his past and it was beautiful to watch him slowly open up. This was not something he did lightly so with every burden that he unloaded onto Quinlan it was like a giant leap in the progress of their relationship. As this relationship thing is new to him, you knew he was going to make his mistakes and he does, but we all love a bit on angst and this book was perfectly balanced with regards to that. Nothing over the top, just a voyage of discovery the two of them needed to take.

“C’mon, you know you want to be the start to my burst.”
“More like the fruit to your loop.”

As with any Kristy Bromberg book there are a plethora of quotes in this book that resonated deep. Kristy always manages to capture your heart and soul with her characters and this book is no different and some of the paragraphs that I had highlighted had literally reduced me to tears. Kristy always manages to captivate me with her words and knowing exactly what had happened in Hawkin’s past only made her words cut that much deeper.

“When he begins to speak, the students hang on his every word. But it’s the words he’s left unspoken that captivate me the most.”

You cannot help but be moved by Hawkin’s back story, this story does cover some tough subjects but as usual they are covered delicately and sympathetically. Hawkin has a lot of demons that he needs to face and conquer and his self-doubt at his propensity to love and be loved was heart shattering at times. I have to say his twin, Hunter, was constantly on my shit list. Apart from Tawny, I have never disliked a Kristy Bromberg character, but my hatred for him has gone to a totally new level.

“Every man has his breaking point, and his absolute silence makes me fear that he just reached his.”

While I felt the pace at the start was a bit slow, this book certainly kicked into gear and you will be totally captivated by Quinlan and Hawkin’s story. We have cameo appearances from some much loved bands that we have read about and that only enhanced how close this book world has become now. Once again Kristy has delivered a book that will leave its indelible mark on my heart. Quinlan and Hawkin will have you eating out of their hands and we have now been given another couple that are a great addition to this Driven family.

“Love is nothing more than a meaningless word in a lyric until someone comes along and makes the music to bring it to life...and sweetness, you’re helping me make the music for it, one instrument at a time.”

About the Author:

 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. 

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand,
devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015

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